Wānaka Sun       

Extreme authors, speaking at Film Festival

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 15 Apr, 2021 | By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

The New Zealand Mountain Film and Book Festival is pleased to announce a diverse range of adventure authors to speak at this year's event in Wānaka from June 25 to 29. Nic Lowe, Max Quin and Sam Masters, all award-winning artists in their own genres, will be talking about their projects, which showcase the outdoors, nature, humans and animals.

Festival Director Mark Sedon is thrilled to draw on such different and interesting talents, “We are pleased to have three amazing people to complement our keynote speakers Tara Mulvany and Mark Watson. These authors are all unique storytellers in their own right and we are pleased to have them here to speak about and promote their books. “

 Nic Low is a writer whose subjects include wilderness and adventure, technology and power, history and race. Low is of Ngāi Tahu Maori and European descent and this heritage is woven into his short stories. His first book, Arms Race, is a collection of mischievous, critical short stories. With a tongue-in-cheek pitch, Low's words are raw and honest. New Zealand and mountains feature heavily in his work, with a deep a connection to his Kiwi roots. Low will be at the festival talking about his new book, which captures a literary walking expedition through the Maori and European history of New Zealand's Southern Alps.

 Max Quinn is a nature filmmaker. His workmates include chimpanzees, penguins, tigers and whales. He grew up in Te Kuiti but was destined to be amongst more exotic animals, in far-off lands, a long way from heartland New Zealand and its sheep. Quin is an expert at working in cramped spaces, inclement weather, dark, cold places and remote locations. His life has been a long romance courting tarantulas and burrowing owls in the Tibetan plateau, emperor penguins in the Antarctic, sled dogs in the Yukon, and whales and polar bears too.

Last year he published his autobiography, A Life of Extremes: The Life and Times of a Polar Filmmaker.

Sam Masters has 25 years of freeski photography, writing and film work to his name. He has carved a life out of big mountain skiing, remote snow adventures and ski storytelling. Masters is a master of putting into words the joy of deep pow turns, steep and scary terrain, and chasing the elusive first lines and fresh snow. Sam has produced The Story of New Zealand Freeskiing.  The book is a coffee-table chronicle of freeskiing in New Zealand, captured by some of our most talented snow sports photographers. Masters explains, “We've captured, condensed and committed New Zealand's best ski photography to the page in a visual history of a sport whose playing fields create their own weather.”

 The authors will be at the festival to talk about their books and lives in their respective creative fields.

Read edition 1022 of the Wānaka Sun here.


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